This is the official residence of the president of Romania and also the location of the the National Cotroceni Museum. The first building on the site was a monastery built in the seventeenth Century. Later the area became the favored location of the Royal Family. Carol I of Romania ordered a palace to be built on the site. Under communist rule the palace was known as a center to inculcate children into communist ideology. The Communist rule also saw much of the palace being renovated and much of its old interior decor was destroyed. The originals church is still standing. The only way to see the areas of the palace is by guided tour. The surrounding wooded areas are quite pretty.
Cotroceni Palace Travel Tips
- There are two kinds of guided tours offered: extended and classic. Both tours cover the church, the first floor, and the second floor; but only the extended tour covers the cellar.
- Bags and overcoats must be left at the Museum cloakroom. Bring ID.
Entrance Ticket Details For Cotroceni Palace
- Extended tour (English, French, Italian): 40 (adults), 30 (students and seniors), 150 (families).
- Classic (English, French, Italian): 35 (adults), 25 (students and seniors), 140 (families).
- Various fees are applicable for photography.
- The Romanian language guided tour is cheaper.
Cotroceni Palace Hours
- Tuesday to Sunday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.
- Closed on Mondays.
- Last entrance for museum is at 4:30 pm.
- Wednesday to Saturday 9:30 am to 4 pm.
- Sunday 9 am to 2 pm
- The extended tour lasts 90 minutes which is 30 minutes longer than the classic tour.
How to Reach Cotroceni Palace
- Metro: Polytechnic station
- Bus: 105, 136, 139, 236, 336; 635 - Lion Square station;
- Bus 105, 236, 336; 635 - Botanical Garden station;
- Trolleybus: 61, 62, 71, 93 - stations Lion Square and Botanical Garden
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8.91% of people who visit Bucharest include Cotroceni Palace in their plan
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59.26% of people start their Cotroceni Palace visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Cotroceni Palace
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Cotroceni Palace Reviews & Ratings
One of the pearls in Bucharest. The former Royal palace, now presidential palace. Well kept, well worth your time. Make sure to take a guided tour.
An interesting piece of history. Definitely go there, to learn about the Romanian royalty. You'll have to schedule your visit in advance, though.
A great historical place which could be described as a must have to visit in Bucharest. Residence for Romanian kings and presidents.
great tour, amazing guide, fun, knowledgeble, totally woth the time and money
Good place to bizit and learn history of Romania Kings.